When added up, Fox News had the most-watched 10pm convention coverage over the six days of the RNC and DNC. Despite a dearth of interest from Obama supporters to watch Fox News during the DNC, the network drew big crowds during the RNC.
Fox News averaged 5.34 million total viewers at 10pm topping the three broadcast networks. NBC News drew the most A25-54 viewers, averaging 1.94 million. FNC had the most-watched night of all networks when 9.1 million watched the 10pm hour of Thurs., Aug. 30, Mitt Romney‘s acceptance speech.
- Six-night averages. Cable nets from 10-11pm; broadcast nets from 10-around 11:15pm (varies each night.)
FNC: 5.337M viewers (1.420M in A25-54)
NBC: 5.033M viewers (1.940M in A25-54)
ABC: 3.664M viewers (1.320M in A25-54)
CBS: 3.397M viewers (1.259M in A25-54)
CNN: 3.121M viewers (1.147M in A25-54)
MSNBC: 2.972M viewers (1.012M in A25-54)
- Combined primetime (8-11pm) viewing on FNC, CNN and MSNBC:
Interestingly, Fox News averaged more viewers for its DNC coverage (2.6M) than MSNBC (1.4M) and CNN (1.33M) averaged for their RNC coverage. Overall the DNC was watched more than the RNC on cable, especially among younger viewers:
RNC (Aug. 28-30): 8.611M viewers (2.234M in A25-54)
DNC (Sept. 4-6): 9.390M viewers (2.915M in A25-54)